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Tony Bennett Earns First No. 1 on Billboard 200

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He was already the oldest artist ever to hit the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Now, Tony Bennett has earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with ‘Duets II,’ in the process becoming the oldest artist ever to top that chart.

Early projections had suggested that Bennett was running neck-and-neck with country stars Lady Antebellum, but it turned out to be no contest. Bennett pulled away with 179,000 copies sold, while Lady A’s ‘Own the Night’ took second with 125,000.

Bennett’s previous peak on the chart was No. 3 with the first ‘Duets’ album in 2006. At 85, he is by far the oldest singer ever to top the chart, eclipsing the mark set by then-67-year-old Bob Dylan in 2009.

‘Duets II’ includes ‘Body and Soul,’ a duet with Amy Winehouse that was the British singer’s final recording, as well as collaborations with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban and many others.

Other notable debuts on the album chart this week include Demi Lovato‘s ‘Unbroken’ at No. 4, Mindless Behavior‘s ‘#1 Girl’ at No. 7, Gavin DeGraw‘s ‘Sweeter’ at No. 8, and Cody Simpson‘s ‘Coast to Coast’ at No. 12.

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